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T.J. Raphael

Digital Content Editor of The Takeaway

T.J. Raphael appears in the following:

The Shutdown Showdown: A Public Image War

Thursday, October 03, 2013

While the shutdown has had a very real impact, particularly on the 800,000 fuloughed government workers, with the near-constant speeches by President Barack Obama and Republican leaders, the shutdown has become a battle of public relations. Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, examines who will come out on top in the 2013 image war.

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One Man's Experience With Obamacare Exchanges

Thursday, October 03, 2013

The online healthcare marketplaces are up and running and Americans have rushed to see what they have to offer. Hugh Meade, a carpenter and independent sign contractor living in Oklahoma City, was among them. Hugh has been priced out of purchasing health insurance for much the last 10 years, but Tuesday he logged on to the marketplace in the hope of finding coverage he can afford.

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Italian President Doubles Back on Threat to Bring Down Government

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

This weekend, five members of Italian President Silvio Berlusconi's party resigned. Today Berlusconi announced that his center-right party would support the fragile coalition government, a dramatic reversal after he had spent days vowing to bring down the government and force new elections. Jim Yardley, Rome bureau chief for our partner The New York Times, has been covering this story and joins us to explain.

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Government Shutdown: A Sign of Failure or Success For Democracy?

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

In the Constitution, there is a fundamental tension between the decision-making authority of the majority, and the protections granted to the minority. We take a closer look the assertion that the government shutdown is a sign of a functioning democracy. Geoffrey Stone, Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, explores the tension of the American democratic process between minority and majority.

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Coping With the Closing of the National Parks

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

The government shutdown doesn’t just mean the shuttering of offices on Capitol Hill. It also means the closing of the 84.4 million acres that make up the National Park System. This means that many of the 280 million people who visit the parks each year are being forced to modify their plans. Today The Takeaway examines the displacement of international tourists across the U.S., like Matti Puckridge of Australia.

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Chemical Weapons Inspectors on the Ground in Syria Amidst Civil War

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

A team of chemical weapons inspectors arrived in Syria yesterday to begin their mission of securing, removing, and destroying all 1,000 tons of the country’s chemical weapons. Michael Luhan is the spokesperson for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. He explains the logistical and political challenges the organization faces as it begins dismantling the Assad regime's chemical weapons stockpiles this week.

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Valerie Plame on the CIA, Current Events, and Her New Crime Novel

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Ten years ago, Valerie Plame’s career as a CIA operative came to an abrupt end when her identity was revealed by Washington Post journalist Robert Novak. She’s just completed her first crime novel, which centers on a female CIA agent. In her new book, Plame doesn't just borrow from her own life, she also draws inspiration from real world events. She joins The Takeaway to discuss her new work.

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Why Americans Abroad are Giving Up U.S. Citizenship

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act requires all financial institutions around the world to report to the IRS the earnings and assets of U.S. citizens living abroad in an effort to crack down on tax evasion. But complying with the law is long, complicated, and expensive—and as a result, more Americans abroad are relinquishing their U.S. citizenship. Ruth Freeborn, an American living in Canada, and Jackie Bugnion, tax team director at American Citizens Abroad, explain why.

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SURVEY: Who Is Most to Blame for the Government Shutdown?

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

This morning Americans awoke to find that they now have more in common with Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo—we're a nation without a functioning government. While those places have been victims of violence, war and poverty, the government-free condition of the United States is completely self inflicted. Who is to blame: The executive or legislative branches, or both? Take our survey here.

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Congress Fails to Agree & Forces Government Shutdown

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Congress has not agreed to put a spending bill in place, forcing the government to shutdown for the first time in almost 20 years. What exactly does this mean for basic government functions? What impact will this have on our slowly recovering economy? Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich explains the details of the shutdown and what implications it will have.

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A Skeptic & Supporter Debate Healthcare Reform

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Just like the general public, experts are divided on how they believe the ACA will work in practice. Ezekiel Emanuel is an oncologist and former Obama administration adviser on healthcare. He also serves as the chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. Avik Roy is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. Together they debate the new healthcare rollout.

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Examining Day 1 of The Affordable Care Act

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Despite the government shutdown, the Affordable Care Act is here. What will implementation really be like? Will there be challenges? How will the law impact minorities? Joining us to discuss all of this is Mayra Alvarez, Associate Director of Office of Minority Health in the Department of Health and Human services. Welcome to the program.

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Boko Haram Violence Plagues West African Nations

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Over the weekend armed members of the terrorist group Boko Haram are believed to have killed as many as 50 students at a Nigerian University. The massacre comes on the heels of the four-day siege on Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, by the Somali terror group Al-Shabab. The Takeaway was joined by David Cook, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University to discuss these most recent events and what it may mean for the region.

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Health Insurance Companies Weigh in on Obamacare

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Today's launch of the Affordable Care Act's online exchanges will give millions of Americans new health insurance options. Two health insurance companies participating in the exchanges joined the Takeway to discuss how their businesses will be impacted. Ray Smithberger is general manager of Individual and Family Plans for Cigna Insurance. Garry Maisel is CEO of Western Health Advantage, a not-for-profit health insurance company in California.

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CIR: Vets Dangerously Over Medicated by VA

Monday, September 30, 2013

According to a new report from the Center for Investigative Reporting, the Department of Veterans Affairs has been over medicating veterans, which feeds addictions and contributes to a fatal overdose rate among VA patients. Joining us to discuss this is Aaron Glantz, a reporter for the Center for Investigative Reporting. 

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A Look at Obamacare Around the Country

Monday, September 30, 2013

What are local governments doing to get the word out about the new healthcare law? How are states are utilizing navigators? Gina Jordan is a reporter from WLRN in Miami. Kristian Foden-Vencil is a reporter for OPB in Portland. Fred Mogul is a reporter for WNYC in New York City. Together they fill us in on the ways different parts of the country are preparing for the new healthcare law.

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The Countdown to a Government Shutdown Begins

Monday, September 30, 2013

Unless Democrats and Republicans can strike a deal on a spending bill by the end of the day, the government will begin closing shop at 12:01 AM Tuesday. If the two parties can't agree, the government will shutdown for the first time since late 1995. Joining us to explain the showdown on Capitol Hill is Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich, who has followed the drama straight through the weekend.

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Walter Reed Medical Center 6 Years Later

Monday, September 30, 2013

As part of our onging partnership with our friends at the documentary team Retro Report, we flip the clock back to 2007. Each week Retro Report brings a fresh look to an archival story. In today’s installment, Retro Report catches up with the soldier who brought Walter Reed Medical Center’s lapses and abuses to national attention six years ago. Harry Hanbury, producer for Retro Report, explains.

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Apprehension Around Healthcare Rollout Lingers

Monday, September 30, 2013

The next phase of the Affordable Care Act arrives tomorrow. But the American public remains unconvinced the Affordable Care Act is a good idea. Dante Chinni is the director of the American Communities Project at American University. He mined the data for us and found that even among America's uninsured there is a great deal of apprehension about the law.

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Al Qaeda Goes Silent & Worries the U.S.

Monday, September 30, 2013

U.S. intelligence officials are less concerned with the leaks of Edward Snowden and more with a mysterious loss of signal in the monitoring of Al Qaeda. The terrorist group is now suddenly harder to track and a major communications channel has gone silent. But that's no reason to believe that the organization is any less active in planning and recruiting. Joining The Takeaway to discuss this is Michael Schmidt, reporter for our partner The New York Times.

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